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Sunday and the Week’s Media and other Stupid Statements July 8, 2018

Posted by guestposter in Uncategorized.

As is almost traditional at this point… a quote from a familiar figure:

The attempt by Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald to undermine confidence in [new Garda Commissioner] Harris immediately after the announcement of his appointment says a lot about her proclaimed adherence to the concept of inclusiveness and the kind of united Ireland her party wants to bring about.
It is decades since John Hume coined the maxim that the united Ireland he wanted was about people and not about territory, but it seems that Sinn Féin is still stuck in an obsession with borders and territory.

All other quotes welcome…


1. Michael Carley - July 8, 2018

Strong contender for stupid statement of the decade


WorldbyStorm - July 8, 2018

Sheesh. Wow. Standpoint – eh? Seen it, avoided it and if this example is typical of its output perhaps that was sensible. Thanks for that MC. What a piece.


WorldbyStorm - July 8, 2018

BTW, I know Richard North gets some stick around these parts – some deserved – but his clear respect for RTÉ’s coverage is obvious. As indeed is his broadly favourable analysis re the ROI govt.


2. ar scáth a chéile - July 10, 2018

A jeremiad from Marc Perelman against leftie footie fans


He makes some valid points but it gets a bit hysterical and also in deriding the suggestion that sport can be equated to art a bit snobbish.


Alibaba - July 13, 2018

I was surprised to read this by Terry Eagleton at the bottom of the linked item:

“Marc Perelman has written a magnificent manifesto for all of us dedicated anti-Olympiads, revealing in compelling detail how sport, which has long been the opium of the people, is now the political and financial dirty business of the rulers as well.”

As somebody else put to me, “Terry Eagleton should really stick to his chosen opium – literature. Which is apparently ok despite the fact that its distribution is controlled by financially dirty business since the rise of capitalism!”

So there you have it. The middle and upper classes have always had a one sided understanding of culture. That’s their take – myopic vision, not ours.


3. Starkadder - July 12, 2018

I hope I’m not too late…this Indo letter by Eric Conway plumbs
yet more depths of inaccuracy:

It is common knowledge that a significant reason for Pope Benedict XVI retiring was the existence of a powerful homosexual lobby embedded at the highest echelons of the Vatican-the so-called “Lavender Mafia”.

No evidence is cited for this conspiracy theory that Benny had to leave
office because of this group of gay Catholics

In his “Ethics”, Aristotle observed that “Men start revolutionary changes for reasons connected with their private lives.” It seems that
some things never change


I have done searches in Questia, JSTOR, and Google Book Search, and I have not been able to find this phrase in the ” Nicomachean Ethics” of Aristotle, or any other book by the Greek philosopher.

The purported phrase does, however, appear in several books published by extreme right-wing Christians, including:
“Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything” by Robert R. Reilly,
“Arguing Conservatism: Four Decades of the Intercollegiate Review” edited by Mark C. Henrie , and
“Degenerate Moderns: Modernity as Rationalized Sexual Misbehavior”
by E. Michael Jones. The phrase also appears on numerous alt-right and Traditionalist Roman Catholic websites/

So Conway picked up a fake quote attributed to Aristotle from either an extremist book, or an extremist website, and published it in his letter.

Here’s something Aristotle actually did say, which Mr. Conway might
profit from considering:

Piety requires us to honour truth above our friends



WorldbyStorm - July 12, 2018

Thanks for the spot Starkadder. That’s a lot of stuff to process. Mr Conway certainly isn’t one to hold back.


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